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The 10 best Airbnbs in Florence

We've picked the top places to stay in the romantic capital of the Tuscany region

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle
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There’s a reason why Florence has such a name for itself. This magical city is home to endless opportunities for fantastic food, history and culture. Stuff your face with fresh pasta at Il Giova or sample the world’s most delicious sandwich from a hole in the wall. Get lost in the Uffizi Gallery, go high-end shopping on Via Roma, and make sure you end the day watching the sunset at the jaw-dropping Piazzale Michelangelo. 

Heard enough to book your ticket? Don’t blame you. Whether you’re headed out on a romantic couple’s retreat, with family or to live out the solo-traveller-main-character holiday of your dreams, you’re going to want to stay somewhere to suit your needs. And lucky for you, Airbnb has everything you can imagine. Ready? Check out the best Airbnbs in Florence right now. 

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The 10 best Airbnbs in Florence

This place is designed to look just like Florence in the early Renaissance, and the results are incredible. The beds and furnishings look fit for royalty, and guest reviews describe feeling like they are living inside a painting. The host will even talk you through the history of the apartment when you arrive. It doesn’t get much better than this. 

Best for: An extravagant couple’s retreat, where you can enjoy a glass of wine from your balcony with a spectacular view of the Duomo. We’re not saying propose here, but we’re not not saying it either…

Just outside of Florence in Tuscany (about a 15-minute drive), you’ll find miles of serene green space. And this newly-renovated early 20th-century apartment has an area all to itself, offering spectacular views of Florence from the panoramic terrace. Oh, and it’s got its own huge outdoor pool surrounded by olive trees. No, really. 

Best for: Travelling with a car, and immersing yourself in rural Tuscany. 

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In the neighbourhood of San Niccolò, just by the river Arno, you’ll find a quiet street with narrow streets and tall historic buildings. But inside this flat is where the magic really happens. Bare brick walls, exposed beams, huge glass doors leading from one room to the other. Cosy but special. 

Best for: You’re so close to the Piazzale Michelangelo here, you may as well head up there every evening at sunset with a bottle of wine. 

This flat’s location (right on Piazza della Signoria) is what sells it, but it just so happens to have absolutely smashing interiors too. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill Airbnb - it’s adorned with elaborate chandeliers, hanging art and period furniture. But in the other half, you’ve got black-and-white prints, modernist staircases, and random mannequins. Oh, did we mention it used to be an a Leather Showroom?

Best for: Not only do you wake up on Florence’s most culturally significant piazza, but you’re right next to some of Florence’s best galleries, like Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. 

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As well as checking out all of Florence’s best tourist attractions, those who get the chance should get the bus out to the Fiesole Hills, just 15 minutes out of main town Florence. But if you really want to experience this natural landscape, why not rent out this mega house for a whole family, complete with a huge private terrace and barbecue? The host also seems up for you hosting (civilised) parties and events. 

Best for: Fiesole’s brilliant hiking trails, and the Roman Theatre. 

If you want somewhere authentic, but that looks seriously fashionable too, this four-person flat in the Oltrarno district will do the trick. Divided into three districts (San Frediano, Santo Spirito and San Niccolò), you’re located in a quiet spot that’s just outside of the hustle and bustle of Florence’s tourist areas, while still being only a ten minute walk. In fact, it tends to be considered Florence’s coolest neighbourhood. Cool clothes on the rail not included though, I’m afraid. 

Best for: Shopping, eating and drinking. Nab clothing and trinkets at Giulia Materia, Maria Pace and Tabescè, and sample some delicious food at Osteria dell'Enoteca and Trattoria La Casalinga. 

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The only problem with this rather flashy spot is that, put simply, you may never want to leave. The open plan flat entices you with its dark wood furnishings and warm orange bathroom tiles, but the patio is what really sells it, as you can nab the most spectacular view of the Duomo - it pretty much looks like your nextdoor neighbour. 

Best for: Culture lovers. You’re a stone’s throw away from the Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore (aka the one with Michelangelo) and the Bargello National Museum. 

You can spot this yellow house from a mile away, but the interiors are just as bright and colourful (and yellow). The kitchen boasts light wood and worn yellow tiles, while the living area gets filled with light every morning through the french windows that open onto the sloping roof. It’s also seriously central - you can wander through Florence’s main attractions all day and flop into bed as soon as you’re home. Blissful. 

Best for: Pretty much all the top culture spots in Florence. Plus, you’re just 20 minutes’ walk from the Ponte Vecchio - Florence’s medieval river bridge, lined with some fantastic souvenir and jewellery stalls - so make sure you don’t miss it. 

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This is a great apartment, but what makes it unique is the iconic arch over the top of the open plan kitchen, along with the highest ceilings you’ve ever seen. Wait till your Instagram followers get a load of that (and the classic terracotta stairs). Just out of Piazza della Signoria, you’re in a classic central spot for a bunch of Florence’s top attractions. 

Best for: The piazza, shopping and local restaurants like Coquinarius and Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori. The hosts say they can recommend more. 

With its exposed beams and clay ornaments, this stylish loft space looks a bit like something out of an interiors catalogue. But the rooftop terrace keeps the charm of the place, decked out with hanging egg chairs and a whole host of plants and cacti, just begging for you to sit and enjoy an Aperol Spritz (or two). 

Best for: Strolling along the Arno River to some wonderful churches. 

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